She said in regard to the first picture: "This is the "before" photo - 9pm last night when I was in the middle of a disaster. Rather than doing this methodically throughout the week, I pulled EVERYTHING out and then put it away. Hmmm....I would recommend doing it differently.
BY THE WAY - this is NOT how my kitchen normally looks! Hhaa."
Second pictures she said: "AFTER!!! Today - after an entire day of organizing!"
She moved everything in the kitchen into zones. Her zones were "prep zone", "coffee zone", "cooking zone", "baking zone", "food storage zone", "eating zone."
I love how she created a "control center" on one of her kitchen counters to organize her family calendar, stationary and pens. That's really thinking the area through Louisa!
In addition, she really considered where everything should go in her kitchen before she started moving everything around. Now things are in the most logical spaces for where various activities are done, with things in easy reach of where she does them. That can be a real time saver in the kitchen, and it looks great!
Great job Louisa, and I give you a big thumbs up too!
Transformed Kitchen Junk Drawer, And Other Cabinets And Drawers
by Jessica @ His Plan, Not Ours
Organized glassware cabinet
Organized kitchen linens drawer
Junk drawer - before
Junk drawer - after
Jessica from His Plan, Not Ours blogged about the Kitchen Drawers and Cabinet Organization Challenge, sharing her before and after pictures.
She has some great pictures, so definitely check out her blog for all of them. I chose some of the best and most dramatic pictures to show you.
I especially was impressed with her junk drawer organization. The addition of the junk drawer organizer (kind of like the one pictured to the right) really made all the difference, and it looks so much better, and like you can actually find things in there so much more quickly now. Great job!
Maintaining Your Kitchen Organization Makes All The Difference
by Angela @ Confessions of a Craft Addict
Angela from Confessions of a Craft Addict took up the kitchen cabinet organization challenge this week, and shared her before and after pictures on her blog.
I've chosen some of the best after pictures to show you, since there were so many, so be sure to check out all the pictures at her site.
Angela said she has recently done a decluttering and rearranging, so this was more of a maintenance assignment for her, instead of a complete transformation. However, that brings up a good point.
Life happens, and so even though you organize your kitchen drawers and cabinets once during this challenge, you'll have to periodically work on maintaining them to keep them looking their best. Fortunately, regular maintenance doesn't take nearly as long and can keep things running smoothly!
Great job Angela, and thanks so much for taking the challenge, and blogging about it.
After - wine and margarita glasses organized with glasses rack
Organized plastic food storage containers
Storing muffin pans and other large baking dishes
Under the sink organization
Jennifer at Life of Reilly blogged about the awesome results she got after working through the kitchen cabinet organization challenge.
She has LOTS of before and after pictures of all the cabinets in her kitchen, and I have just chosen some of the best "after" pictures to show you here, so please make sure to go to her blog to see them all.
I liked that before she began she considered the work flow of her kitchen, and let that influence how she would organize the cabinets, and how she would set up her work zones. That is definitely the right way to go about it!
I wanted to point out just a couple of the nice kitchen storage solutions I saw her using in some of her pictures, since I think these are great ideas for many homes.
For example, in the first picture notice how she added more room to her cabinet to hold her wine and margarita glasses by adding the hanging stemware rack for holding more glasses. Here are some similar ones of various sizes below from Amazon:
In addition, I wanted to draw your attention to a couple of other cabinet storage solutions that I thought worked really well in her home.
First, I liked how she stored her muffin pans and tins on their sides, vertically, instead of laying them down. This makes it much easier to get the one you want without having to move all the ones on top off the pile.
In addition, I liked how she used what was otherwise wasted space on the inside of her cabinet door for her sink to hold plastic wraps and other items, in a cabinet door holder. Great use of space!
Here are examples of similar storage solutions you can use which will help you utilize space in a similar way:
Thanks so much Jennifer for sharing your awesome photos. You did a wonderful job with your kitchen cabinet organizing project, and I hope your kitchen time is even more enjoyable now!
Average Jane shared her before and after pictures of her glasses and cups cupboard.
She did some light decluttering and some major straightening up.
In addition, she added a two tier lazy susan for some of the small glasses, basically doubling her storage space for the cupboard in that one spot, and making it easier to reach cups that previously would have been in the back and harder to grab.
Organizing Kitchen Cabinets And Drawers Challenge Conquered
by Katy @ Thrift Me
I love the colored plates!
Storing cupcake liners in small jar
Bamboo knife block looks great
Organized utensil drawer
Katy from Thrift Me blogged about this week's challenge, sharing what she did to organize her kitchen drawers and cabinets.
She used a number of good storage solutions this week for the task, including a knife block organizer that fits in a drawer (like the one on the right), and an idea she got from Pinterest of keeping her cupcake liners in a little jar.
Great job Katy! It looks great, and keep up the good work.
Are You Inspired To Get Organized?
I hope these before and after pictures from readers who have already taken on the Kitchen Cabinet And Drawer Organization Challenge have inspired you to also do it. If so, click here to get the directions for this week.
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